Langers: An opportunity too good to miss

​DANNY Langtree, whose eight years at Oldham are fast coming to an end, has spoken of the wrench he will feel when he pulls off the Roughyeds jersey for the last time.

“I’m 27 now, and Oldham has been a large part of my life since I was 19,”

said the try-scoring second-row forward, who has gone full-time with Super League club Hull FC on a two-year-deal.

He will be uprooting from his native St Helens to live in Hull and give the move his best shot.

Speaking exclusively to the Roughyeds website, ‘Langers’ said:

“I didn’t want to leave Oldham, but this was an opportunity that was just too good to miss.

“It will be a massive change for me, not just going full-time, but moving home and going over there.

“I wasn’t looking to leave the Roughyeds and I certainly wouldn’t have done had it not been to a club like Hull.

“Now, I’ve got an opportunity to test myself at that level and see what I can do. It’s going to be a big, new experience for me and I’m looking forward to it.

“At the same time it will be a big wrench to be leaving Oldham, all the lads and the terrific fans and everyone else at the club.

“We’ve been through a lot together over the last eight years — a large part of my life that I will never, ever forget.”

It seems a long time ago now, but lots of fans will recall that when Danny first came to the club he spent two seasons in the reserves — first under John Hough and then under Paul Ashton — along with the likes of Kenny Hughes, Phil Joy, Michael Ward and Steven Nield.

Little wonder they won their Grand Final under John and reached the final the year after under Paul !

It was caretaker boss Martin Roden who first gave ‘Langers’ his senior chance in 2012 and he never looked back, cementing his place on the arrival of Scott Naylor and over the last six years becoming one of the best back-row forwards in League 1 and the Championship.

His record per season is as follows:

Season Appearances Tries Points
2012 2 0 0
2013 23 10 40
2014 24 14 56
2015 24 13 52
2016 26 8 32
2017 23 4 16
2018 (to date) 25 21 84
Total 147 70 280

Tomorrow at Bradford might be his last game for the club . . . but it might not.

Speaking after this morning’s Captain’s Run at the Vestacare Stadium, ‘Langers’ said of the play-off semi-final at Odsal:

“We’ve played them twice this season and on each occasion the score hasn’t really represented the game.

“At their place on Good Friday they scored a couple of late tries and we had a try disallowed which would have put us level at 18-18 early in the second half.

“A couple of weeks ago, at Oldham, we had three lads off the field yet we still kept them out in the second half while scoring ourselves.

“It’s going to be tough and they’ve got to be favourites, but I think we can do ’em”.

In his 19-man squad, Scott has replaced the suspended Ben Davies, Luke Nelmes and Luke Hooley with Dave Eccleston, Danny Rasool and Zack McComb.

Squad: Bent, Briscoe, Crook, Eccleston, Hewitt, Hughes, Holmes, Johnson, Jones, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, McComb, Neal, Owen, Rasool, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson.

Paul Crook will be making his 250th career appearance a year after helping Whitehaven to beat York City Knights in a 2017 semi-final thriller.

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